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Dia

Overview
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Dia can be used to draw many different kinds of diagrams. It currently has special objects to help draw entity relationship diagrams, UML diagrams, flowcharts, network diagrams, and many other diagrams.

Category

Unified Modeling Language Tools

Features

Initial gradient support for Standard objects
Object upgrading like "Upgrade to Bezierline" in context menu
Optional OGDF based automatic layout plug-in
Transparency
Text fitting options for Flowchart objects
Groups can be scaled and rotated

License

Open Source Software

Price

Free

Pricing

Subscription

Free Trial

Available

Users Size

Small (<50 employees), Medium (50 to 1000 employees), Enterprise (>1001 employees)

Company

Dia

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Ease of use
8.0
7.7
Features & Functionality
7.9
7.4
Advanced Features
8.0
7.7
Integration
7.8
7.6
Performance
7.9
7.4
Customer Support
7.8
8.0
Implementation
7.2
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Bottom Line

Dia by The GNOME Project is a GTK+ based diagram creation program for GNU/Linux, MacOS X, Unix, and Windows, and is released under the GPL license.

7.9
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7.6
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Dia by The GNOME Project is a GTK+ based diagram creation program for GNU/Linux, MacOS X, Unix, and Windows, and is released under the GPL license. It is roughly inspired by the commercial Windows program 'Visio,' though more geared towards informal diagrams for casual use.

Dia can be used to draw many different kinds of diagrams and it currently has special objects to help draw entity relationship diagrams, UML diagrams, flowcharts, network diagrams, and many other diagrams. It is also possible to add support for new shapes by writing simple XML files, using a subset of SVG to draw the shape. The program can load and save diagrams to a custom XML format (gzipped by default, to save space), it can export diagrams to a number of formats, including EPS, SVG, XFIG, WMF and PNG, and it can print diagrams (including ones that span multiple pages). It is worth noting that the program is maintained on a voluntary basis; there's no fixed plan for when what will be done, nor can The GNOME Project tell anybody to code specific parts.

Thus, the development tends to happen where people get annoyed enough with the current state that they do something about it. The GNOME Project (the maintainers) are happy to get contributions; however, they will not automatically add any patch they are sent. Nevertheless, its developers have no claim to any diagrams that users create using it. Therefore, users are free to license any diagrams they create with Dia however they wish.

You may like to read: Open Source, Free and Top Unified Modeling Language (UML) Tools and How to Select the Best Flowchart Software for Your Business

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  • Mia
    November 14, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    More than a thousand readymade objects help to draw professional diagrams.

    Company size

    Medium (50 to 1000)

    User Role

    Executive

    User Industry

    Pharmaceutical

    Rating
    Ease of use8.4

    Features & Functionality8

    Software developers and database specialists can use Dia as a CASE tool to generate code skeletons from their drawings. Supports Windows, Mac OS X and Linux.

    Advanced Features8.4

    Integration8

    Training 8

    Customer Support8

    Implementation8

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
    It loads and saves diagrams in a custom XML format which is, by default, gzipped to save space. It can print large diagrams spanning multiple pages. Dia has a modular design with several shape packages available for different needs. It does not restrict symbols and connectors from various categories from being placed together.

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